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Happy beginning of spring from Slasher Studios Horror Podcast! On a brand new podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl discuss their favorite horror movie mistakes. Horror movies that messed up the timeline and/or had editing errors or goofs are the name of the game. Click on the link below to listen to the archive and make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode!
On a brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Kevin Sommerfield and Andrew Beirl chat about infamous cursed horror film sets and horror productions. These are movies were the terror didn’t stop on the big screen. Click on the link below to hear the behind-the-scenes horror.
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Cursed Horror Sets/Productions
A young woman wakes up in a fallout shelter following an accident where a man explains to her that everything and everyone above ground is dead due to an attack. Tensions mount as she and another bunk mate assess their situation as they try to discover what really happened up above and whether their “savior” can actually be trusted.
This latest thriller is the latest entry into J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield anthology. Yes, at this point, it is safe to say that there may not be a REAL Cloverfield sequel. It very well takes place in the same universe, but it doesn’t follow up on the event from the first film. But do not let this disappoint you. I will go as far to say that this is even better than Cloverfield. The tagline for the film nails it when it says “monsters come in many forms”. The monster in question is Howard played by John Goodman. Right from the get-go you get this strong sense of unease around him, but there are also certain moments where you feel like he can be trusted. That is the brilliance of this superbly crafted script and the performances. Throughout the film you are literally sucked into the world and mind-sets of these characters. You feel the tension between everyone, as well as the fear, and sense of unease as the our two captured characters. Even the small moments of humor emit a sense of nervous laughter. It is due to this and the amazing cinematography that you feel just as trapped in this bunker as Michelle and Emmett. The characters also come off as super realistic and are so well-developed you genuinely feel like you know them and you really like them. So as the tension and thrills escalate you fear for them. Scenes such as the initial dinner scene between the three characters and a game of 20 Questions are just a couple of the tension-filled scenes that left me on edge. There are even moments of shock where things just happen out of nowhere that cause you to drop your jaw where you can’t believe that just happened. It all leads to a final act that goes out with a bang.
The performance by the very small cast was perfection. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as our leading lady and heroine Michelle, plays the role with so much ease. She’s a genuinely likable character who feels real in her emotions and the problems she faces within herself. In her moments of terror, she plays it out in a way that comes off as real and not over-dramatized. She’s just someone you root for the whole time, comparable to Ripley from the Alien films. Likable, smart, and resourceful. Next we have John Gallagher, Jr as Emmett. He’s more or less the major comic relief of the film but doesn’t get carried away. He’s the one who tries to keep Michelle at ease. Gallagher, Jr. plays out the humor perfectly and has many sincere moments that make him just as likable as Michelle. Finally, and mostly there is John Goodman as Howard. Words cannot describe the performance he gives. It is honestly an Oscar worthy performance. He was so damn intimidating just watching him on-screen, that even even the smallest things or movements he did left you on edge. He could be totally calm one moment but instantly snap and leave you freaked. But it’s even his moments of calm that leave you uneasy. But like our characters, Goodman does a terrific job of leaving you wondering whether or not he can be trusted.
Never before have I seen a film like this (or at least in a while) that to me was perfection in every aspect in filmmaking. The script, directing, overall production, acting, etc. was something that I would not have expected. Again, the fact that this is not a direct sequel to Cloverfield should NOT discourage you from seeing this amazing piece of cinema that will leave you breathless and on edge throughout the whole film.
An American couple living in India lose their son in a tragic car accident, leaving only their daughter alive. The mother still feels guilt for being unable to save him. After an attempted suicide, the couple’s housekeeper tells the mother about a temple where she will get to have one last goodbye with her son at its door, but she must not open it. As per usual the mother opens the door and all hell breaks loose and evil follows her home.
Not gonna lie, this review will be super short. Literally everything about this film is predictable. Every decision the characters make, every direction the story decides to take, and even the jump scares. Every cliché possible is dumped into this. In no way whatsoever does it even try to be original. If this had been an independent horror film, there’s no doubt in my mind that this would have ended on a dark note, but at least in the manner I’m thinking, it would have been close to original and might have saved the film slightly. But alas, every single possible plot device you can think of in a film like this happens. Not only is it predictable, it boring as hell. There is zero tension or suspense, and the boring aspects also come from the predictability. The characters weren’t interesting at all and were cardboard cutouts. You have the grieving and desperate mother, the workaholic father who is never present, the superstitious maid, the cute daughter who tries to make nice with the ghost, and the family dog (and the birds and the fish). I wish I could say the acting was redeemable, but it wasn’t. It’s not even that the acting was bad, just nothing special about them. If there was one thing that actually was redeemable about the film it’s the production design. It does a good job of using the locations to its advantage and using the lighting to add an eeriness to it. Even the landscaping shots of India were nice to look at.
Plain and simple, what lies on the other side of the door is a boring and predictable film that puts in zero effort to provide an even remotely engaging or entertaining experience. Seriously, just don’t open this one. Please.
When their normal babysitter is unable to watch their kids on their anniversary night, a husband and wife take a chance on the sitter’s friend Anna. Anna seems perfect for the children; friendly, caring, fun, and the couple feel immediately smitten. After they leave, the children are taken by Anna as well, that is until Anna’s games slowly become more menacing and Anna starts acting different. It’s now up to the eldest son to find out just who they’ve let into their house and protect his two young siblings.
This indie horror/thriller is a fresh entry into the babysitter horror genre. At first glance, this may come off as a predictable Lifetime-y film. This may be so, but believe me when I say there is more to it than meets the eye. What truly makes this film thrilling is wondering what Anna has up her sleeve next. Every game that she plays with the children is sure enough to leave them scarred for life. Hell, there were a couple of scenes in which I thought to myself “holy shit”, without giving anything away, there is one scene that I am shocked they actually “went there” with. From the get go, we know something is off about Anna, but the horror isn’t about her or her motive, it is literally what she’s going to do next and how things are going to escalate It’s enough to where I would certainly add it to the collection of films like Jaws (going in the water), Psycho (showers), and The Visit (visiting grandparents) to where it will make much more cautious about the next time you hire a babysitter with whom you’re not familiar.
Sarah Bolger turns in a tremendous performance as Anna. She has the perfect amount of charm when we first meet her and she flawlessly begins to show how unhinged the character is with every game, just escalating her acting each time. The performances by the children are also top-notch. You definitely feel sorry for them throughout the film and are won over by their innocence. It’s one of those rare horror films where you actually WANT the children to make it out alive. One thing also worth noting is the score. The electronic sounds during the intense scenes make it all the more thrilling. Though I think I am willing to say that at this point, most indie horror films are going to mimic this after the praise of such sound used in acclaimed films like You’re Next and It Follows. But at the same time it will massively depend on how well it is used, and this fits in the mold of those two films.
Emilie is a fairly fresh insert into babysitter horror films that doesn’t focus so much on the clichés or predictability but more so of what’s at its core and what it’s willing to do to set itself apart from films similar to it. It’s a smart film that knows what the audience expects and what it doesn’t.
On a brand new Slasher Studios Horror Podcast, our hosts Andrew Beirl and Kevin Sommerfield discuss their favorite period piece horror films. Anything that isn’t set in present day is fair game. Listen in as the discuss the best of the best as well as give their review of the brand new horror film, The Witch.
Listen to the archive below:
Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Period Piece Horror
A tribute to the glory days of holiday horror, Dismembering Christmas can best be described as Friday the 13th meets Black Christmas. Have you ever wanted a Friday the 13th set in the winter? Well..so did Slasher Studios and that’s why they created this movie just for you. Practical effects from beginning to end, likable characters, and a kick ass final girl…what more could you want in a slasher?
It was supposed to be a holiday vacation they would never forget, not a holiday vacation they would never survive. When Mark and his friends go up to his fathers new vacation home for Christmas vacation, they were ready for a fun time. Out in the middle of nowhere, the house is cheerfully decorated for Christmas. But an unknown visitor is there, and one by one they are murdered. Its Christmas and not a creature is stirring except the killer in the house…
DVD Extras include:
Audio commentary with Actor/Director Austin Bosley
Audio commentary with Writer/Producer Kevin Sommerfield
Fly on the Set: Making Of Dismembering Christmas
Artwork by the awesome Garreth Gibson Illustrations.
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A few weeks ago, we had the chance to chat with Troy Escamilla about his new film, PARTY NIGHT, on Slasher Studios Horror Podcast. Now, we less than two weeks left on the kickstarter, we are bringing you another interview with the man behind the upcoming slasher. Become a backer today (link below) and help share the slasher goodness. Lots of great rewards and it’s going to be a hell of a good time! Miss the podcast? No problem! Check out the link below the kickstarter.
1) What’s your earliest memory of the horror genre?
My earliest memory of the horror genre was when my parents took my brother and me to see Poltergeist. It was rated PG, so they probably didn’t think anything of it, and while it scared the crap out of me, I absolutely LOVED every second of it! My parents caught wind of this and luckily allowed me to explore the genre as I grew up. I have such fond memories of going to my local mom and pop video store back in Iowa each weekend and just being in awe of all the cool and creepy VHS cover art that stared back at me from the horror section.
2) Were you always a fan growing up? Any go-to favorites?
Well, ever since I saw Poltergeist as referenced above, I have been a fan! As far as genre favorites go, my all time favorite horror film is Bob Clark’s Black Christmas. I feel like it is criminally underrated in its influence to the genre. It pre-dated Carpenter’s Halloween by four years and did everything that Halloween gets praised for. Don’t get me wrong, I also love Halloween! Some of my other slasher favorites include Terror Train, Sleepaway Camp, StageFright, Intruder, Hide and Go Shriek, Prom Night, Hell Night and of course, Scream
3) Tell us about Party Night.
Party Night is an 80’s style throwback slasher film that deals with six friends who become prey for a sadistic psychopath when they ditch their school’s after prom party for their own celebration at a secluded house. It really is my love letter to the genre and to slasher fans. I promise is is going to have fans grinning from ear to ear with cool characters, gruesome death scenes, and a kick ass killer! It will be everything that made slasher fans love the genre in the first place.
4) What films/filmmakers did you turn to for inspiration while writing Party Night?
Party Night was inspired by a combination of slasher films and there are references that horror fans are going to get that will make them giddy. However, the one film I had in mind when I was writing Party Night was the 1984 slasher The Mutilator. Though it has its share of problems, it remains one of my favorites from the 80’s simply because I think it encapsulates everything that made these films charming to fans in the first place. I also love the tone and atmosphere of the film along with the creepy and sinister isolated setting.
5) Before we get into the Kickstarter for the film, what’s your plan for production (shooting schedule, cast, etc)
The plan is to begin filming around June 8th. We are tentatively looking at seventeen day shooting schedule. We have our main location already secured, and is perfect for the project. It’s just outside of Houston and is several acres of land. Completely isolated. It also has all of the physical structures that we need and the lake, which has a role in plot of the film. The only disadvantage I can think of is that it will June in Houston! Hot, humid, sticky! We have an amazingly talented young cast in place who are all so passionate about this film. Please just take a second to view each of their introduction videos that are on our Kickstarter campaign page and you will see why they were selected!
6) What are some of the rewards that backers can receive for pledging Party Night?
We have rewards starting at just $1 because seriously, anything helps! For $1, backers will get a social media shout out and receive the first ten pages of the screenplay. A $10 pledge will get you and advanced screening link. $25 will get you the DVD. $100 will get you VIP tickers to the premiere here in Houston. $500 gets an awesome prop from the film! There really are many great perks for all different pledge levels, but the important thing to remember is anything does help!
7) What do you plan to do with the movie after release? Film festivals, dvds, etc.
I am hoping that the film will make its debut in October. Certainly, our Kickstarter supporters will be the first to view it, and we are also planning for a premiere here in Houston. Additionally, the plan is to submit the film to film festivals that cater to the horror genre.
9) What’s your all time favorite horror movie?
As I mentioned above, Black Christmas is definitely my favorite horror film. I also love Psycho, Carrie, and more recently, It Follows.
10) What advice do you have for the next generation of horror filmmakers out there?
If you want to make a film, just go for it. Don’t wait around for that “right time” or for someone to tell you it’s okay. I regret deeply that I have waited so long to follow this dream of mine. We are fortunately living in an era where things like digital film, crowdfunding, and the internet make it much easier and much cheaper to make a film. There really is no excuse.
11) Where can readers go to find out more information on the film?
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Another extremely delayed review by yours truly. Two weeks ago I watched The Return of the Living Dead (1985) for the very first time. This was just a random movie I picked out of my collection to watch, with a little help of the “Randomizer” feature on the MOVIST app. This movie is directed by Dan O’Bannon (writer of ‘Alien’). The cast includes: Clu Gulager (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), James Karen (Wall Street), Don Calfa (Weekend at Bernie’s), Thom Mathews (Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI), Beverly Randolph (Freaks of Nature), John Philbin (Point Break), Miguel Núñez (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), Brian Peck (X2), Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons) and Mark Venturini (Friday the 13th: A New Beginning).
The Return of the Living Dead has been labeled by many as the best (zombie) horror comedy of all-time, so of course I had high expectations. I ended up really liking this movie, but I wasn’t exactly crazy about it like some are. I’ll start off with the positives. It’s a fun watch with loads of clever humor that made me laugh instantly. The acting performances are good, but I was especially impressed by Thom Mathews, Beverly Randolph, Linnea Quigley (gained so much respect for her and I can’t wait to see her in more horror pictures!) and Miguel Núñez. The characters are interesting, but some are better developed than others. The soundtrack is fantastic and suits perfectly with the theme of the movie. The zombies looked absolutely outstanding and Tarman has to be the scariest and funniest looking zombie creature you’ll ever see. At first sight he looks scary as hell, but his actions feel comical because you won’t take it seriously. The Return of the Living Dead is much more a spoof/comedy than a straightforward horror/comedy. The script and dialogue are super 80’s and I must add that this movie had a strong first act. Having that said, there are some negative aspects that need to be mentioned.
The second act of the movie is extremely slow and messes up the strong pace from the first act. Scenes that drag on for long to the point where it feels repetitive. The ending is stupid and feels rushed. It’s a shame when you only know about the fates of the zombies and not about what happened to the main characters you were rooting for to survive. Such a weird note to end a movie with. The story got wrapped up in the most ridiculous way. The Return of the Living Dead is still a hilarious and at times thrilling (zombie) horror/comedy from the mid 80’s with many redeeming qualities. It’s far from perfect, but it’s definitely one you have to see at least once in your life. I’m more than interested in viewing the first two sequels after having seen the original for the first time.